The Berean Expositor
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Emims. The Emims are described in Deut. 2: 10, 11: "The Emims dwelt therein in
times past, a people great, and many, and tall as the Anakims, which also were accounted
giants, as the Anakims."
Zamzummims are mentioned in Deut. 2: 20, and these too were "giants". It is
important to realize that the word "giants" here is the word "Rephaim"--the Emims were
also accounted Rephaim. In the A.V. the words are used interchangeably. In Josh 15: 8
we read of the "valley of the giants"; in 17: 15 of the "land of the Perrizites and of the
giants"; and in I Chron. 11: 15 and 14: 9 the same word is found in the expression,
"the valley of the Rephaim". In I Chron. 20: 4, 6 and 8, we read of "giants" or
"Rephaim" born in Gath, the birthplace of Goliath, whose brother also was a giant (see
verse 5). One of these Rephaim had four and twenty fingers and toes, six on each hand
and six on each foot, a living symbol of the beast of Rev. 13:
The earth shall cast out the dead.--Here the word "dead" is the same as the word
"deceased", namely, "the giants" or "the Rephaim". They shall not rise, but they are cast
out of the earth. What does that mean? The word translated "cast out" is naphal, and is
the causative, "cause to fall" as in Gen. 2: 21. "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep
to fall upon Adam."
This word naphal gives a name to another race of Giants who come into record of
Scripture in Gen. 6: 4, where they are called "the giants". They appear again in
Numb. 13: 33, and are there also called, "the sons of Anak". In the days of Noah no
provision was made for the salvation of one of this seed of the wicked one, so serious in
the eyes of the Lord was this awful intermingling. In the days of Israel no command was
given concerning the Canaanite except that of extermination, and according to Isa. 26:
they are dead and done with, never to awake, arise or live again.
The Lord plainly tells us that the "tares" sown by the wicked one are not evil
doctrines, but the "children of the wicked one". These are bound in bundles and burned
before the children of the kingdom shine forth in glory. Did the Lord use a true figure
when He spoke of the tares, if the purpose of God is that these "tares" or "children of the
wicked one" are to come forth from the lake of fire the redeemed of the Lord? Surely
such a mighty doctrine would not be left to hang upon poor human inferences, and we
accordingly reject it as being as much a lie as the words, "Ye shall not surely die", uttered
in Gen. 3: 4.
As every word in this battle for the truth is of consequence, and as even an
unintentional omission may be misconstrued, we must consider one more expression,
viz., "They shall not rise". Does this mean resurrection? Job uses the word in 14: 12
with very definite reference to resurrection: "Man lieth down, and riseth not: till the
heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised from out of their sleep." The
word is the Hebrew qum, which is found in the Aramaic form in Mark 5: 41: "And He
took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi: which is, being interpreted,
Damsel, I say unto thee, arise."